Data on Corporal Punishment Term Paper by Nicky

Data on Corporal Punishment
A look at the limited research on corporal punishment in schools.
# 145877 | 974 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2010 in Education (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper reveals that corporal punishment is legal in the public school systems of many states and remains widely used in most American families. The paper then discusses how little data exists on issues of race and corporal punishment, on how punishment is administered in different schools and in terms of the racial composition of the inflictor of the punishment. The paper highlights the need for more data to determine whether certain regional or ethnic cultures are more supportive of spanking, and whether bias exists in administrating corporal punishment in school.

From the Paper:

"Corporal punishment still remains widely used in most American families. Regarding the data on its effectiveness, in a recent large-scale meta-analysis and literature of eight-eight existing studies by psychologist Elizabeth Thompson Gershoff, the use of corporal punishment was linked to increased child aggression and antisocial behavior. Only positive association with corporal punishment was the increased, immediate compliance on the part of the child while the other strongest association was between corporal punishment and the physical abuse of the child by the parent (Is corporal punishment an effective means of discipline, APA, 2002). However, some argue this association is due to correlation rather than causality. For example, corporal punishment may be more apt to be used by less educated and advantaged parents, but is not the cause of abuse, and the child's privations may be the cause of the antisocial behavior. Or antisocial children may be more apt to be spanked in the first place."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gregory, James F. (1995). The crime of punishment: Racial and gender disparities in the use of corporal punishment in U.S. public schools. The Journal of Negro Education.Retrieved February 15, 2009 at
  • Is corporal punishment an effective means of discipline? (2002, June 26). AmericanPsychological Association (APA) Press Release. Retrieved February 15, 2009 at
  • More than 200,000 kids spanked at school. (2008, August 28). Retrieved February 15, 2009 at
  • Starr, Linda (2002). Teaching violence through violence Education World. Retrieved February15, 2009 at

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